BERLIN – The low water levels of the Rhine river in central West Germany have slowed down the production of a major smelter because it no longer receives sufficient raw materials.
The German smelter, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, had to significantly reduce its production output due to insufficient materials linked to extremely low water levels in the local river it uses for manufacturing.
The water level of the Rhine river in Duisburg, western Germany, on Monday recorded a new record-low level of 155 centimeters (61 inches).
The lowest recorded level prior to this was 174 centimeters in 2003, the epa-efe photojournalist reported.
Germany’s meteorological service DWD warned last week the country could be facing the worst drought since 1884, the year in which it started collecting weather-related data.
According to the DWD, roughly 70 percent of Germany was experiencing an extreme drought following a particularly long summer with extraordinarily high temperatures and virtually no rain.
The worst droughts registered were in 1921, 1976 and 1991, and according to the DWD, if the lack of rain persists, 2018 is set to be one of the driest years yet.